ESP partners with Josh Middleton for the LTD Signature Series JM-II

ESP LTD Signature Series JM-II
(Image credit: ESP Guitars)

As well as the all-new Arctic Metal Series, ESP has announced a fresh addition to its LTD Signature Series for 2021 – the JM-II, designed in collaboration with Architects/Sylosis guitarist Josh Middleton.

The JM-II is a variation on ESP's Superstrat-style M-II model, and boasts an alder body with a quilted maple top finished in a particularly eye-catching Black Shadow Burst.

The guitar also features an extra thin U-shaped three-piece maple neck with a bolt-on construction, a 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard with Luminlay side dot markers and a recessed Gotoh tune-o-matic bridge for ultra-low-profile string action.

Pickups include a set of Fishman Fluence Modern Humbuckers, which are controlled by singular volume and tone controls – the latter of which can be used to switch between active and passive voicings.

The JM-II also sports a see-through natural body binding, a throwback to the first ESP LTD guitar Middleton owned, the MH-301.

“The prime focus of this guitar, for me, is something that sounds amazing recorded,” Middleton says. “I do a lot of production, engineering guitar tones, nerding out on guitar tones. I obsess over my main rhythm tone, and I want a guitar that sounds great and is inspiring to play.

He goes on, “This is by far my favorite guitar, already, that I own. I love it, I can't get enough.”

For more information on the new LTD Signature Series JM-II, head to ESP Guitars.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.